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Faith: In Origin & Destination

As I get older, I get simpler. I find I have reduced the number of things that make my blood boil and my mouth blurt. Whilst listening to a fairly acrimonious “conversation” about “Evolution or Creation,” (for example), I realized … Continue reading

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Faith pushes past obstacles

  I remember watching the young people in our church doing a drama about the guy lowered down from the roof a while back. I particularly enjoyed the hard hats and hi-vis jackets donned for roof removal. You know that story? It’s an odd … Continue reading

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What is it, to “Live by faith”?

  “Who through faith conquered kingdoms…”What a line with which to start the day! It makes me think of Joshua, I suppose, and the faith that met the challenge and potentially mind-numbing fear of “giants in the land” with the … Continue reading

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“Remember…when you endured?” (Hebrews 10)

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” That’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer, of course, writing in The Cost of Discipleship. In a sense, he had the right to say such a thing, since he was imprisoned by the Gestapo and … Continue reading

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“Should we go or should we stay?” Faith as Adventure

Faith is the principle at the heart of adventure. “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews … Continue reading

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“How to answer everyone”: Grace-Conversations

“Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each one.” ( Col 4:5,6) The challenge … Continue reading

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The non-toxic Parent

We have this book here called Toxic Parents (by Susan Forward). It makes for unpleasant, but truthful reading: “Children who are not encouraged to do, to try, to explore, to master, and to risk failure, often feel helpless and inadequate. Over-controlled … Continue reading

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